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Different Types of Dental Bridges

Posted on 6/19/2023 by Robert Leale
Different Types of Dental BridgesDental bridges are a great solution to replace lost teeth and improve a patient's smile. They consist of two or more dental crowns placed on either side of a gap and secured to nearby teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges are available in various forms, each with special advantages.

Traditional Fixed Bridges

The most typical style of dental bridge is a traditional fixed bridge. They consist of a fake tooth in the middle and two dental crowns on either side of the gap. The surrounding healthy teeth are covered with dental crowns that act as anchors for the bridge. Traditional fixed bridges are extremely robust and composed of metal, porcelain, or ceramic.

Cantilever Bridges

When there are no teeth on either side of the gap, on one side a cantilever bridge is employed. They resemble traditional fixed bridges but only need one dental crown to secure the fake tooth. In some circumstances, cantilever bridges are a suitable choice; however, they are less stable than traditional fixed bridges.

Bridges with Implant Support

When a patient has sufficient healthy jawbone to support dental implants and numerous consecutive teeth are missing, implant-supported bridges are employed. The anchor for the bridge is a dental implant, which is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Bridges supported by implants are extraordinarily strong and, with proper maintenance, can last a lifetime.

Removable Bridges

A removable substitute for traditional fixed bridges is removable bridges, commonly referred to as partial dentures. A fake tooth is attached to a metal or plastic framework fastened to the remaining teeth. Removable bridges cost less than others but are less stable and often uncomfortable to wear.

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